As reported on Business Insider:
- Joey Gilbert was seen on video taking part in the January 6 riot outside the Capitol.
- He announced his campaign to run for governor of Nevada, running on the promise of "election integrity."
- Jason Riddle, who was charged in relation to the Capitol riots, is also running for office in New Hampshire.
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Nevada attorney and former boxing champion Joey Gilbert was among the sea of rioters scaling the steps of the Capitol on January 6. He is now running for governor of Nevada, campaigning on "election integrity."
Gilbert announced his intention to run for governor during a pro-Trump event on June 12 at the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas. Taking to the stage, Gilbert raised a fist in the air and called out "lifelong politicians," promising to run his campaign based on "election integrity."
"The most important message I can leave today for all of you is that if you sat on your hands and you censored the truth, and you peddled the fear, you’re out," Gilbert said during his speech to cheers from the crowd, calling out "RINOs" (an acronym for Republicans-in-name-only) and "lifelong politicians."
"If election integrity isn’t the number one issue of these guys running, then they’re either lost, confused, or too stupid to be running," Gilbert said.
He then went on to make the false claim that former President Donald Trump won Nevada by 44,000 votes.
"We need to get to the bottom of what happened in 2020, first and foremost. And we will be having an audit here," Gilbert added.
Just months ago, Gilbert was at a different kind of event. Per a Daily Beast report, Gilbert was spotted climbing the steps of the Capitol and yelling for known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to join him there.
Gilbert is a former middleweight boxer and was once a national and regional boxing champ. In 2004, he starred in the boxing reality television competition show "The Contender."
He went on to pursue a career in law in Reno, fighting lockdown restrictions and church closures throughout the pandemic. Notably, he is currently working with the far-right conspiracy theorist group America’s Frontline Doctors on an anti-vaccine lawsuit.
He is not the only person involved in the January 6 Capitol insurrection that has expressed interest in becoming a lawmaker.
Jason Riddle – who was arrested and charged in relation to the riots after bragging that he chugged wine inside the Capitol – said he was running for state representative in New Hampshire with the intention to unseat Democrat Ann Kuster. Riddle later realized during an on-air interview with NBC10 Boston that he had joined the wrong race because Kuster is a Congresswoman, not a state representative.
Source: Business Insider
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cheryl Teh)
Date: June 17th 2021
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